Sunday, November 2, 2008

21.6 Things To Do - #13. Pencil Trick


If there was a Mount Rushmore for Sport Karate, then Carmichael Simon's face would be front and center. He introduced countless innovations to the sport. He was the first person to ever do a 720. He was the first person to do an "extreme" combination. After retiring from competition he had a brief stint on stage playing Liu Kang in the Mortal Kombat Live Tour, and on TV in the short lived series WMAC Masters. Last I heard he was living in the Bay Area and heading up his Xiaolingruv crew.

I only mention Carmichael because he's the reason for #13 on my list. When I was about 12 he showed me a stupid pencil trick that he learned after lifting weights for a little while. He took a pencil from my desk and held it up with his pectorals. I thought it was pretty stupid. Then I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

#13 on my list was to hit the gym. Rather than losing x amount of weight or gaining x amount of muscle I thought a fun and tangible goal would be to do the pencil trick. I've poked my instep many times trying this out but after lots of hard work I can finally do it. The sad part is that I could also hold a stapler with my luv handles.

Thanks to Carmichael for being a great role model over the years, and a special thanks to his giant man boobs for #13 on my list.

Until next time...

2 comments:

Helen said...

That superglue worked so well!

Phimmy said...

no superglue. that's actually my butt.